Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation(Master)
Lecture Code X0010574 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 国際安全保障論
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International Security
トモツグ シンスケ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Weds5-8:IDEC 405
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, presentation by participants, in-class discussion,  
Credits 4 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 24 : Political Science
Eligible Students  
Keywords Weapons of Mass Destruction, Non-proliferation of nuclear weapon, Terrorism, Non-traditional security 
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Class Objectives
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This course is designed to help deepening participants' understanding on the problem of peace and security,
by sheding light on the most destructive aspects of global politics. This course purports to consider  (1) the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMDs) including nuclear weapon, (2) the security issues in East Asia, and (3) new security challenges in the age of globalization from various perspectives. Through lectures and discussions, this course aims to help participants (a) to understand more clearly about the traditional interstate security concerns as well as "non-traditional" security issues such as climate change, natural disaster, cyber warfare and transnational terrorism, and  (b)to develop the skills to express their own opinions persuasively  from the theoretical and historical viewpoints.  
Class Schedule lesson1:Introdocution: what is international security?

lesson2:Humanity and war
● Margaret Mead, Warfare is Only an Invention- Not a Biological Necessity (Reprinted from Asia 40/8) August 1940
● Kenneth Waltz, Man the State and War, 51-52
● Andrew Heywood, Global Politics, 53-65

lesson3:Theory of international relations-Realism
● K. Waltz, The origins of War in Neorealist Theory 49-59 (P. Williams et.al, Classic Readings of International Relations)
● Waltz, Theory of International Politics, 60-78, 100-101

lesson4:Theory of IR: Constructivism
● A. Wendt, "Anarchy is what States Make of it: The Social Construction of Power Politics", International Organization, 46/2 (Spring,1992), 391-425
● J. Mearsheimer, "The False Promise of International Institution" International Security, 19/3 (1994/95) 5-49他

lesson5:Democratic Peace
● M. Brown et al. Debating the Democratic Peace
● C. Layne, "Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace", International Security, 19/2 (1994) 他

lesson6:Choices of nuclear and non-nuclear
● M.R. Rublee, Nonproliferation Norms: Why States Choose Nuclear Restraint, 53-98
● J.E.C. Hymans, "Veto Players, Nuclear Energy, and Nonproliferation: Domestic Institutional Barriers to a Japanese Bomb" International Security, 36/2 (Fall 2011), 154–189

lesson7:Stability of international relations and nuclear weapons
● S.Sagan and K. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate, 1-45 (Ch.1 Waltz "More may be better")
● Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, Japan in Peril, Ch.7 91-106

lesson8:Nuclear deterrence
● S. Paul Kapur, "India and Pakistan’s Unstable Peace: Why Nuclear South Asia in Not like Cold War Europe", International Security, 30/2 (Fall 2005), 127-152
● W. Wilson, "The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence", Nonproliferation Review 15/3(2008), 421-439

lesson9:Economy and international security
● Eric Heginbotham and Richard J. Samuels "Mercantile Realism and Japanese Foreign Policy" International Security 22/4 (Spring, 1998), 171-203

lesson10:Science and technology and the proliferation of WMDs
● T. Kassenova, "Preventing WMD Proliferation" Carnegie Policy Outlook (2012)
● Committee on Research Standards and Practices to Prevent the Destructive Application of Biotech., Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism, Summary

lesson11:The Asia-Pacific in global power transition
● A.P. Liff, et.al, "Racing toward Tragedy?: China's Rise, Military Competition in the Asia Pacific, and the Security Dilemma" International Security Fall 2014, 39/2, 52-91
● David Shambaugh, Falling Out of Love With China, NYTimes(2013)

● David Samuels, Comparative Politics, Chapter 10. Political Violence (What causes political violence?)
● M.E. Sangiovanni and C.Jones, "Assessing the Danger of Illicit Networks Why al Qaida May be Less Threatening Than Many Think" International Security 33/2 (Fall 2008) 7-44

lesson13:Environment and Conflicts
● Thomas Homer-Dixon, On the Threshold: Environmental Changes as Causes of Acute Conflict, International Security (Fall 1991)
● Thomas F. Homer-Dixon and Marc A. Levy, " Correspondence: Environment and Security" International Security(Winter 1995/96)
● Samuels, Comparative Politics, Ch.13 Globalization(2013)
● Barber, "Jihad vs McWorld" The Atlantic (1992)


Paper and book review are required.
The reading list above is tentative. Articles and papers are to be announced each session.  
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Power point slide 
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Preparation and
Required to read assigned papers and articles in advance. 
Grading Method Paper: 40%
Book review:35%
Presentation: 25%
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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